The Search & The Experience Are One  

rm_gerson42 52M
1752 posts
5/15/2006 9:24 am

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5/21/2006 11:06 am

The Search & The Experience Are One

Faith is the subtle chain
Which binds us to the infinite.
Elizabeth Oakes Smith

Follows are excerpts from In the Moment-Embracing the Fullness of Life by Harvey Rich.

The words that follow had meaning for me this morning and I have a desire to share them.

....complexity is a humbling magnificence-a mystery. It speaks to me of our small but important place in the order of life.

However we access it - through our work, love, religion, or a walk in the park - to feel connected to that mystery is to feel the grandeur of life and our evolution. When we seek that connection, we are expressing a basic human desire to feel one with the universe. It allows us to know ourselves a bit better and to feel that we have a place in the grand scheme of things. It feels safe, and from that place of safety we can venture forth and take the physical and intellectual risks necessary to progress, not only in our private lives, but also in the larger life of family and community. It is important to acknowledge that mystery and celebrate it regularly.

The acknowledgment of mystery is one of the essential elements of celebration. The mystery of life provides the legitimate basis for awe - for sensing one's place in the universe. And awe is the final element in celebration. Mystery and awe are the aphrodisiacs of life. You can see it in the faces of babies and small children, before rationality and life itself have put a limit on mystery and awe. They delight in the smallest things. Their faces light up in the face of life and living phenomena; they revel in sensing themselves to be part of this fresh new universe. Our faces light up at the sight of theirs, reflecting their awe with our own. There is no need to provide the rational too soon. It is good to languish in awe for a while each day. Awe and mystery - these essential parts are both inspiring and humbling at the same time.

It is in the search for knowing our place in the universe, the search for that connection, that we actually experience being known. It is a bit like a baby who, cradled in our arms, searches our face and the contour of our body to feel connected, to feel known and safe in our arms.

The search and the experience are one.

wickedeasy 66F  
25463 posts
5/15/2006 12:35 pm

to the journey

and to those goosebumps moments - may they never end

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

rm_gerson42 replies on 5/16/2006 4:12 pm:
Here, here (and the glasses clink).

absolutelynormal 56F
6563 posts
5/16/2006 3:42 pm

A friend was telling me about keeping her nephew while his mom went shopping, he's 13 mo old. There were magnets on the fridge, he pulled them off and was running around the kitchen with them. He got close enough to the fridge that it pulled on of the magnets out of his hand. At first it scared him. she said he had a WTF look on his face. But then he figured it out and would pull the magnet just far enough to feel the pull back to the fridge and he'd let it go. He clapped and squealed, got her and had her watch too as if he'd made a grand discovery.

We forget what it's like, those small moments when we're no longer around them anymore. Mostly we forget that there "aha" moments to be had even as adults Nice post G, Mac

rm_gerson42 replies on 5/16/2006 4:14 pm:
That's what I'm talking about! Discovery, little tiny and new discoveries.

Seriously_Real 48M

5/21/2006 9:10 am

It is a blessing and curse to feel things deeply. But thank you.


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